4 September 2020
II-VI’s CEO chosen as Entrepreneur Of The Year East Central finalist
Engineered materials and optoelectronic component maker II-VI Inc of Saxonburg, PA, USA says that a panel of independent judges has selected CEO Dr Vincent D. (Chuck) Mattera Jr from nearly 100 nominees to be one of 26 finalists for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2020 East Central Awards.
The awards honor entrepreneurial business leaders whose ambitions “deliver innovation, growth and prosperity as they build and sustain successful businesses that transform our world”. Winners will be announced through a special virtual event on 7 October. This year, entrepreneurs who have provided extraordinary support for their communities, employees and others during the COVID-19 crisis will be recognized for their courage, resilience and ingenuity.
“Our values-based culture, which is nearly 50 years old, has transcended the existential impact that the company faced over the years, based on widespread economic downturns, the impact of extreme weather that produced devastating floods, and circumstances like the coronavirus pandemic presents to us today,” says Mattera. “It is thanks to the innumerable contributions of dedicated II-VI employees over the last decades, including their foresight, vision, courage, determination, skill and sense of purpose, that we are here today to set the course for an exciting future over the next 50 years.”
Now in its 34th year, the Entrepreneur Of The Year is an award program for entrepreneurs and leaders of high-growth companies. Nominees are evaluated based on six criteria, including overcoming adversity, financial performance, societal impact and commitment to building a values-based company, innovation, and talent management. Since its launch, the program has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 145 cities in over 60 countries around the world.
Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the Entrepreneur Of The Year National Awards, to be announced in November during a virtual awards gala. The Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner will then move on to compete for the EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year Award in June 2021.
Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are nationally sponsored by SAP America and the Kauffman Foundation. In East Central, sponsors also include PNC Bank, VRC, Morgan Lewis, Oswald Companies, and Smart Business.